What is Dermaplaning? 

Dr Foram Bhuta

Dr Foram Bhuta

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery), 10 years of experience

November 26, 2021 Lifestyle Diseases 338 Views

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What is the meaning of Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing procedure that is used to give the skin a smoother appearance. The procedure involves using a blade for the removal of the top layer of the skin.

The dermaplaning procedure aims at giving the skin a youthful and radiant appearance. It helps in removing the deep scarring caused due to acne, the ‘peach fuzz’ (short, soft hairs on the face), and the uneven pockmarks (caused due to the old acne marks, chickenpox marks, or other infections).

The skin is exposed daily to irritants, harsh environmental toxins, and damage to the sun. This leads to a dull appearance of the top layer of the skin and can make one look aged. Dermaplaning helps in clearing away the damaged skin cells to reveal new skin cells that make a person’s skin appear smoother.

In this article, we will be discussing in detail dermaplaning.

  • What is the purpose of Dermaplaning?
  • How to prepare for a Dermaplaning procedure?
  • What is the procedure of Dermaplaning?
  • How to care after a Dermaplaning procedure?
  • What are the risks of Dermaplaning?
  • What is the cost of Dermaplaning treatment in India?

What is the purpose of Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning can be done for any skin type and may be done for the following reasons:

  • To reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, sun-damaged skin, and acne scarring.
  • For restoration of a youthful glow to the skin.
  • For removal of small hairs called ‘peach fuzz’ that can hold onto debris and oil.
  • For the removal of uneven pockmarks (caused by old acne marks, chickenpox marks, or marks caused due to other skin infections).
  • For removal of the dead skin and minor imperfections in the skin.
  • To reduce the signs of aging.

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How to prepare for a Dermaplaning procedure?

  • Book a consultation with a certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It is best to get the procedure done by an experienced professional.
  • Discontinue the use of any retinol products, exfoliating serums, facial polishes, enzymes, or scrubs at least three to five days before the procedure.
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun at least five to seven days before the procedure.
  • Facial waxing and threading should be scheduled either seven days before the procedure, or 14 days after the procedure.
  • If one gets an acne lesion, sunburn, or an open lesion on the day of the scheduled procedure, postpone the dermaplaning treatment.
  • If you are planning to undergo Botox treatment (treatment done to block the signals from the nerves and improve the appearance of the wrinkles), or get dermal fillers (gel-like substances that help to restore the fullness and volume in the face), do so after receiving the dermaplaning procedure, and never before it.
  • If you are taking Accutane medication for the treatment of severe acne, wait for at least six months after the completion of the medication course to receive any treatments that may involve the removal of the epidermal skin cells, such as waxing, and dermaplaning.

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What is the procedure of Dermaplaning?

  • The procedure is performed by a dermatologist, esthetician, or plastic surgeon. When performed by a trained professional, the dermaplaning procedure is generally safe and requires very little preparation.
  • A gentle cleanser with alpha or beta hydroxy acids is first used to loosen the dead skin cells.
  • The face needs to be dried completely before the procedure.
  • A numbing spray or local anesthesia combined with an oral sedative (to numb the area of treatment) may be given. General anesthesia (the patient is put to sleep during the procedure) is very rarely given.
  • A sterilized 10-gauge manual scalpel (blade) or an electronic tool is held at a 45-degree angle to the skin and dragged slowly.
  • The doctor will pull the skin tight and then use the blade for making short motions against the grain of the hair on the skin, removing all the dead cells, debris, and scar tissue that may be making the skin’s surface look uneven.
  • This continues for about 20 to 30 minutes on average.
  • After the procedure, a moisturizer or aloe vera gel is applied to the skin, and a post-procedure care guide is given.
  • Sunscreen is also applied to the skin to protect the face from sunlight.
  • The downtime required after the dermaplaning procedure is very little and the procedure can be repeated as frequently as every two weeks.
  • It takes less than an hour to complete the procedure.

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How to care for a Dermaplaning procedure?

  • Recovery is usually quick after a dermaplaning procedure.
  • One can immediately resume his/her daily activities after the procedure.
  • It is normal to feel a little soreness and redness for two to three days after the procedure.
  • The skin looks brighter immediately after a dermaplaning treatment, but it takes a few days to notice the full results.
  • Once the redness subsides the results are clearer.
  • One should avoid sun exposure immediately after the treatment. Exposure to the sun could reverse the effects of dermaplaning, or create pigment blotches on the freshly uncovered skin cells.
  • Avoid leaving the house without putting sunscreen on for weeks after the completion of the dermaplaning procedure.
  • The results of dermaplaning are not permanent. The procedure usually clears away dead skin cells that are up to three weeks old.
  • The results of dermaplaning usually fade after three to four weeks. One can have another session of dermaplaning within a few weeks if he/she wishes for the same.

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What are the risks of Dermaplaning?

The possible risks of dermaplaning include:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Infection
  • Scarring, which may be treated using a steroid injection
  • Whiteheads on the skin
  • Small cuts 
  • Patchy skin pigment (patches of skin that are lighter in color than the remaining skin) in the treated area

The risks are usually mild and disappear on their own. However, one should contact a doctor immediately if any serious complication is seen post-treatment.

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What is the cost of Dermaplaning treatment in India?

The total cost of dermaplaning treatment in India can range from around INR 1,000 to INR 3,000 per session. However, the cost of the procedure may vary across different hospitals. There are many big hospitals and specialized doctors in India for dermaplaning treatment. The cost varies across different hospitals. 

If you are coming from abroad, in addition to the expenses of dermaplaning treatment, there will be a cost of staying in a hotel, cost of living, and cost of local travel. So, the total cost of dermaplaning treatment in India will be around INR 1300 to INR 3900 per session. 

We hope that we were able to answer all your questions regarding dermaplaning through this article.

If you want more information and treatment for dermaplaning, you can contact a Dermatologist

We only aim to give you information through the article and do not recommend medication or treatment in any way. Only a doctor can give you the best advice and correct treatment plan. 

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